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2 Year Discounted Variable Rate – DID168

A mortgage available for residential owner-occupier purchase or remortgage.

Key Details

Term 2 years
Initial Rate1 5.53% variable
Overall Cost For Comparison2 7.1% APRC
MAX LTV3 75% (70% for loans over £750,000 and under £1m)
Early Repayment Charge 2% in year one, followed by 1% in year two
Product Fees £199 application fee, 0.50% completion fee

Product Fees

  • The £199 Application Fee is non-refundable and payable at the point of application
  • The Completion Fee can be paid before completion or added to the loan. If the Completion Fee is added to the loan amount, interest will be charged on the amount of the fee and this will be reflected in the monthly repayment over the term of the mortgage

A £1,000 Completion Fee added to the loan amount would increase in value over the term of the mortgage and an illustrative example is provided below based on a static rate over a 10, 15 or 25 year term.

Fee Amount
Value of the fee with interest at 10 years
Value of the fee with interest at 15 years
Value of the fee with interest at 25 years
£1,000 7.15% £1,715.00 £2,072.50 £2,787.50

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Representative Example

A mortgage of £787,500.00 payable over 25 years initially on a variable rate, currently 5.53% for 2 years then on our follow-on rate of a 1.74% discount off our standard variable rate (currently 8.89%) giving a rate of 7.15% variable for the remaining 23 years would require 23 monthly payments of £4,857.59 and 276 monthly payments of £5,601.55; plus one initial interest payment of £3,688.56.

The total amount payable would be £1,666,645.43 made up of the loan amount, plus interest and fee(s) totalling £879,145.43. This includes Application Fee (£199), Legal Fees (£255), Valuation Fee (£663), Chaps Fee (£25), Completion Fee (£3,937.50) and Redemption Administration Fee (£125).

The overall cost for comparison is 7.1% APRC representative.

A representative example is designed to help understanding of the typical cost of this mortgage. This is not an illustration and is only provided as an example.

Mortgage Product Features

  • The  Initial Rate is discounted by 3.36% below our Standard Variable Rate (SVR) for the first two years, giving a current rate payable of 5.53% variable.
  • At the end of the two years our follow-on rate of 1.74% below our SVR will apply for the remainder of the mortgage term, currently 7.15% variable.
  • A minimum interest rate of 3.0% will apply during the full term of the mortgage
  • Minimum loan size £500,001, maximum loan size £1,000,000. Maximum 75% loan to value for loan sizes up to £750,000. Maximum 70% loan to value for loan sizes over £750,000
  • Available on properties located in England, Wales & Scotland (postcode restrictions apply in Scotland, see our Important Information for Residential Mortgages for further details)
  • Legal fees payable by customer for house purchase
  • Basic legal fees via our nominated solicitor are covered for remortgages in England and Wales only. For remortgages in Scotland, or in England and Wales where a borrower does not choose basic legal fees or is not eligible, we offer a £250 cashback towards legal fees. For more information on legal fees, please see the ‘Are legal fees included?’ section below
  • An Early Repayment Charge of 2% will apply if the mortgage is redeemed at any time during the first year, followed by 1% in the second year. The Early Repayment Charge is a percentage of the balance at the point of redemption. Early Repayment Charges do not apply on our Standard Variable Rate (SVR) or our follow-on rate
  • Valuation fees payable by customer.

Will the interest rate change?

A discounted variable rate mortgage is discounted from our Standard Variable Rate (SVR), and as a result, the initial rate will go up or down when we change our SVR and by the same amount. We choose when to change our SVR depending on a variety of factors and our SVR is not directly linked to the Bank of England Base Rate (BBR). If the interest rate goes up, we will write to borrowers in advance to inform them of the intended changes.

When borrowers come to the end of the initial rate term, we will write to them to offer them another deal and they can either choose to accept this deal, remortgage to another lender, or should they do nothing, onto a follow-on rate at 1.74% below our Standard Variable Rate (SVR).

The follow-on rate is also variable and may go up or down. A minimum interest rate of 3% will apply during the full term of the mortgage.

Are legal fees included?

during the full term of the mortgageWhere a product includes a “basic legal fees” package for remortgages (properties in England and Wales only), via our nominated solicitor, the Society will pay the legal fees to the nominated solicitor for a simplified “fast track” process. Under this process the solicitor will be acting on behalf of the Society and not on your behalf. Normal conveyancing checks will not be made as the applicants will already live in or own the property.

If there are any additional legal requirements or costs that are not covered by this “fast track” process then the “basic legal fees” package may not be available and applicants will have to pay additional legal costs, including those incurred on behalf of the Society, to the solicitor.

Examples of these include the requirement for face to face or independent legal advice as a mortgage or product condition, changing names on title deeds, correcting title defects, postponement of charges and additional searches. Please contact us if you require more information on the circumstances where legal fees will not be covered.

How much are valuation fees?

The fee charged is normally based on the purchase price of the property at the time of inspection. Where the purchase price is preferential or where the price is not known at the time of inspection, the fee charged will be based on the valuation figure. Unless otherwise stated in the product features, a basic valuation fee is payable by the applicant(s).

You can find out more including the fee scale in our Mortgage Valuation Fees document.

Important Information

Unless otherwise stated, our mortgage products are available for house purchase or remortgage. All our mortgage products are subject to availability and can be withdrawn at any time.

All mortgage applications are manually underwritten by our experienced underwriters and are subject to a full assessment against our lending criteria.

It is important that you take time to read and understand the mortgage product features detailed above and the information about our Residential or Buy to Let mortgages detailed in the General Information Guides.

How to Apply

All of the mortgages shown are available direct from us via our qualified sales team, please call on the number above, request a call back, or submit a detailed contact request to find out more.

To get an indication of whether this mortgage is right for you, you can use our repayment calculator to see what the potential monthly repayments might be.

Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage


1 The Initial Rate is the rate available during the initial term of the mortgage. Once the initial rate term has expired, the mortgage will either revert to our Standard Variable Rate (SVR), or a follow-on rate that is a discount off our SVR.

Our SVR is set by us and is currently 8.89%, as a variable rate it may go up or down. Our follow-on rate is 1.74% below our SVR and is currently 7.15% variable. Our follow-on rate will go up or down with changes to our SVR.

2. The Overall Cost for Comparison is given as the Annual Percentage Rate of Charge (APRC) and includes all charges incurred relating to the mortgage. The APRC is intended to help you as a borrower compare the interest rates on different products.

3. Like all other mortgage lenders, we will allow you to borrow against a proportion of the overall property value. This is known as Loan to Value (LTV) and is expressed as a percentage. For example, if you want to purchase a property at £100,000 and you would like to borrow £85,000, then you will need a mortgage available at 85% Loan to Value (LTV). The available LTV can vary depending upon the type of mortgage.

Shared Ownership mortgages will offer two percentages under LTV – the proportion of the property value and the proportion of the share being purchased.

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